A group of IR and Political Science students have created an initiative to expand opportunities for UBC students to engage with the Middle East in an academic context. They’re hoping to establish a Middle Eastern Studies program, expand Arabic language offerings, and expand Go Global opportunities in the Middle East North Africa region. A short survey has been created for students to express their level of interest in such programs. The survey concludes with a link to their facebook page and website if you’re interested in learning more.


Do you want to improve your French? Your English? Your Japanese? Your Arabic? Or any other language? The UBC tandem Language Learning Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks the language you want to improve and who wants to get better at the language that you speak.

No teaching experience is required – just enthusiasm! Activities and support are provided by a facilitator. The program runs once each semester – this term from September to November. Partners meet for 1.5 hours every week for a total of 9 weeks. You spend half of each meeting in each language – the one you’re learning and the one you’re teaching. In other words, you help each other! This is a fully student-run program, and it’s free! It’s also great for meeting people across cultures and participating in a lot of fun intercultural activities on campus.

For more information visit our website (, like our Facebook page ( for up to date information, or email us directly at

We look forward to receiving your application!
UBC tandem team



Are you looking for “Electives – Outside the Major”? The School of Nursing is offering the following topical new courses that are open to students in any degree program and have no prerequisites:

NURS 180 Stress & Strategies to Promote Wellbeing POSTER
NURS 280 Human Sexual Health POSTER
NURS 290 Health Impacts of Climate Change POSTER

BA students are allowed to take a limited amount of credit outside the Faculty of Arts toward their degree. Remember to check your Degree Navigator report after registration to ensure the credit applies as you expect.



The Department will be offering a new introductory course in computational linguistics in 2018W, Term 2.
Course Number: ASTU 204G
Title (tbc):  Computational Linguistics
Description (tbc):  A class aimed at introducing linguistics undergraduates to computational modelling of language.
Instructor:  Julian Brooke
Term:  2 (Jan – Apr)
Time:     MWF, 9 am – 10 am


A great opportunity has come up for UBC students to go to the University of Washington for Exchange!

The Gary & Conseulo Corbett Canada-U.S. Fellowships Program will award $8,000 (USD) to an Exchange student going to University of Washington for their Winter (January 7-March 15) and Spring quarters (April 1 – June 7).

$8,000 (USD) would comfortably cover all costs associated with a one term exchange located in Seattle. You can experience a semester abroad at a US university with little to no financial impact and become part of an elite group of scholars.

Value: $8,000 (USD); 3 candidates will be selected.


  • You must be an undergraduate student in good standing at UBC whose educational goals would be well served by a year of study at The University of Washington, Seattle.
  • You must hold Canadian citizenship or P.R.
  • Students from all Faculties and disciplines are welcome to apply
  • Priority will be given to students who have attended high school in British Columbia
  • This is a cash award of $8,000 (U.S.) to help defray the additional travel costs and living expenses. Under the UW-UBC exchange agreement, UBC students pay regular UBC tuition, plus miscellaneous fees, to study at the University of Washington.

To apply for the award:

  1. Check the complete eligibility requirements for exchange
  2. Log on to Gateway
  3. Click on the “Search Experiences” tab.
  4. Search “Corbett” in the “Keywords” section. This will bring up the application.
  5. Select Term 2 as the term you wish to be abroad and complete your application.

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Please contact if you have any questions.


NEW COURSE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH: “English Corpus Linguistics – What’s happening in English today?”

Do you say:
I didn’t think it was so funny or I didn’t think it was that funny or I didn’t think it was very funny or I didn’t think it was really funny?
He is more friendly than I expected or He is friendlier than I expected?
I must finish my paper tonight or I have to finish my paper tonight?
If I was a bit taller or If I were a bit taller?
Everyone should take their seats or Everyone should take his or her seat? I have already opened the can or I already opened the can?
The bike wheel sunk into the mud or The bike wheel sank into the mud? You can’t lay around all day or You can’t lie around all day?

While some of these represent structures that have been treated by prescriptive grammars as “usage mistakes”, others have escaped their notice. All likely represent “changes in progress” in contemporary English. In this course we will study grammatical changes ongoing in English as it is spoken and written in the twenty-first century. Apart from very obvious changes, such as the use of be like or be all by younger speakers as a “quotative” (And he was like, “I’m out of here”), there are many less obvious changes, as shown above.

In order to study such changes, you will be introduced to the methodology of corpus linguistics, including the framing of appropriate research questions, search methods for collecting data using electronic data, and the analysis and presentation of empirical data. You will become familiar with using a number of different online corpora, newspaper collections, quotation databases, and text collections. A set of graded exercises will be used to acquire these necessary skills.

For your final project, you will choose a structure, and using corpus linguistic methods to collect data, seek to understand how it is changing in present- day English.


No formal background in language or linguistics is required
Third-year standing and 3 credits of first-year English or equivalent (WRDS 150, ASTU 100, ASTU 150, ARTS 001) or permission of instructor.



Welcome to the Department of Linguistics! Your Advisors invite you to meet with them for a one-on-one advising session where you can discuss your program in Linguistics or Speech Sciences and ask any questions you may have about courses and planning your Major. Please contact Wendy Trigg at or Hotze Rullmann at to arrange a time. We look forward to meeting you!


“Linguistics in Industry” video

At the LSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting, linguists from Google, Microsoft, Lexicon Branding, and other leading companies spoke about their work and gave advice to students interested in pursuing an industry career.

A video of this panel has been recorded and posted to the LSA website, where it is available to watch for all members of the Linguistic Society of America. More information and a video link can be found at:



1) Please remember to read the “COMMENTS” section associated with every course for important information (e.g., This is where you find out if a course is not offered in a particular Session.)

2) LING 447 can be repeated for credit toward an Honours/Major in Linguistics or an Honours/Major in Speech Sciences. However, the first time it is taken it MUST count as the “Capstone Course” requirement.

3) Regularly check your progress toward completing your degree requirements on Degree Navigator.

4) Linguistics Honours & Major students: The Linguistics Language Requirement is in addition to the BA Language Requirement.